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Definition of maintain:

  1. To affirm; to support or defend by argument.
  2. To bear the expense of; to support; to keep up; to supply with what is needed.
  3. To continue; not to suffer to cease or fail.
  4. To hold or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; to uphold; to keep up; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintain a certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain a fence or a railroad; to maintain the digestive process or powers of the stomach; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present reputation.
  5. To keep possession of; to hold and defend; not to surrender or relinquish.

Synonyms:

harbour, oblige, advance, nourish, allege, remark, champion, give, fight back, put forward, honor, exercise, bear on, respect, entertain, defy, cite, substantiate, lay away, sustain, oppose, take, uphold, renew, swear, hold up, adduce, check, withhold, assign, introduce, agree, keep up, keep on, preserve, husband, notice, avow, go for, go along, suffer, bear, waste, make, manage, take hold, have got, adjudge, hold, stay with, take for, put away, carry, halt, carry on, honour, exert, represent, nurture, arrest, defend, harbor, proceed, justify, lay aside, withstand, have, hold on, restrain, plead, prevail, view as, keep an eye on, abide by, direct, observe, vindicate, contain, hold back, produce, follow, book, confirm, conserve, keep abreast, asseverate, discover, handle, assert, celebrate, keep open, go on, set by, fend for, set aside, keep, economise, stand by, take note, obtain, concur, swan, hold over, accommodate, watch over, apologize, concord, get, moderate, neglect, repair, fight, watch, hold open, curb, economize, set apart, argue, own, stay fresh, provide for, say, keep back, report, care for, hold in, note, bind, wield, obligate, find, detect, confine, apply, throw, fight down, offer, nurse, cache, mention, insist, defer.

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